New Pipes module: Fetch Data

Jonathan and I made a presentation about Pipes at ETech this past week. Not surprisingly, the Internet connectivity went out just at the moment I was about to give a demo of the Pipes editor. Fortunately, we had a backup video to use instead (thanks to Daniel for being paranoid and preparing it and Jonathan who insisted on  transferring it over to my laptop in the last minutes before the presentation).

We did announce a new module that should be very interesting for developers: Fetch Data. In addition to the regular Fetch module which worked with RSS and Atom feeds, the Fetch Data can work with arbitrary XML or JSON feeds.

The output of the module is still expected to be an array of records. With the help of the rename and regexp modules, it is possible to massage most data into something that can work well in Pipes. For example, you can process KML, XSPF or any other result set oriented REST response (eg: Amazon web service calls). I can’t wait to see how it is going to be used…

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